After 9 months of patiently waiting for our little boy to be born, my wife Jackie finally went into labour on 13th August 2016, 9 days late. The excitement we both felt was incredible; I’ve never wanted anything as much as I wanted this little person. After 3 gruelling days in labour, without any warning signs, our baby’s heart stopped beating.
In the weeks and months after losing Jacob, while looking for answers, we were left absolutely shocked and devastated to find that this still
affects around 1 in 200 pregnancies in the UK. To give that context, that
equates to around 3,600 babies per year in the UK which is twice the number of people who die in road traffic accidents, 5 times more common than Down’s syndrome and 15 times more common than cot death/SIDS.
Despite those alarming numbers, this is still a subject that doesn’t get talked about during any of the pregnancy journey. This has led us to a passionate desire to raise awareness of how common this terrible tragedy is to enable parents to do everything in their power to keep their baby safe.
Since losing Jacob, we have found support in our local Sands group and are really excited about the research that Sands are doing to start bringing these unacceptable rates of stillbirth down. I’ve decided to run my first overseas marathon in order to raise funds for Sands research and so any donations that you give will be going directly towards research projects which will save lives and prevent other parents having to leave the hospital with an empty car seat.
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